Custom Aquarium and Stand

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Hi everyone I am upgrading my Oscar's home to a 4ft aquarium.

In order to save some cash I was thinking of using a stand I have home. It is solid and sturdy although I know it must be reinforced.
Measurements are 53" x 17" (useable area)
Or about 54" x 18" (entire area including the ridge)

Type of wood unknown thus far but its about 1 inch thick

I want to get a carpenter to reinforce it to hold the weight of a 4ft aquarium, estimated at 1000lbs

A 4ft × 18" aquarium would fit on the stand if I cover the top with ply or Styrofoam to level it.
I am waiting on a quote for a custom 50" x 16" x 22" aquarium to better fit the Surface area. This would also increase the gallons from 67 to 90 75 or so.

There are a lot of wooden aquarium stands available but if anyone has experience with using wood or diy stands your advice would be greatly appreciated.
This stand was not made to hold anything in particular, so its not an aquarium stand but I'm hoping reinforcing it would be sufficient.

Thoughts on this?



EDIT -

Here are pics of the stand. It currently hold my books and misc items which will be cleared (though maybe I'll leave the books where they are)





Close up of the top shelf : - It is made of two planks of wood horizontally



Plan was to add two strips of wood underneath the top shelf to strengthen it?
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Darth Nandopsis replied the topic: Custom Aquarium and Stand

Shoot a pic & show us what you are planning to use.

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Gabrielle replied the topic: Re:Custom Aquarium and Stand

Okay I'll post one later today
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Gabrielle replied the topic: Re:Custom Aquarium and Stand

Just wanted to add that I found out my stand is made from teak.
I haven't stayed at my house tonight so pics would come tomorrow.
I spoke to a handy man and he said because it's teak I wouldn't need to worry, but he would still recommend bracing the middle underneath and putting a sheet of ply wood on the top
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Poseidon2.0 replied the topic: Re:Custom Aquarium and Stand

Teak is amazing wood. Once it is stabilized it sounds perfect. Good luck.
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benmcfadden replied the topic: Re:Custom Aquarium and Stand

yes throw a picture up so we can take a look, sounds ok though

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Suprd71 replied the topic: Re:Custom Aquarium and Stand

Teak is indeed very nice. I build my own stands from standard spruce 2x4's. Its not really the inherent strength of the material, its how its put together that is the strength and stability factor. If you have 4 solid legs, a 1pc top and good bracing to eliminate any swaying, its all good. I have 1500lb tanks on 2x4 stands, no prob at all.


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Gabrielle replied the topic: Re:Custom Aquarium and Stand

Suprd71 wrote: Teak is indeed very nice. I build my own stands from standard spruce 2x4's. Its not really the inherent strength of the material, its how its put together that is the strength and stability factor. If you have 4 solid legs, a 1pc top and good bracing to eliminate any swaying, its all good. I have 1500lb tanks on 2x4 stands, no prob at all.


Yep, It has a 1pc top and a second piece at the bottom so it serves as a 2 shelf stand basically.
If you have made any tutorials or posts on how you make your stands I would love if you posted the link :)
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Suprd71 replied the topic: Re:Custom Aquarium and Stand

lol.. I have not done that. I've been a "build and fix stuff" guy my entire working career, I whup these stands up pretty quick. From your general description, the stand you have sounds just fine. If you could put a pic or 2 up, I could eyeball that and give you a yay or nay, or tell you how to make it better.


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Gabrielle replied the topic: Re:Custom Aquarium and Stand

That's just too bad :P I have committed myself to making a sliding glass cover for the aquarium. I don't know how to make anything that has to do with wood, glass or metal, aside from mosaics (lol) nor do my relatives. Definitely posting pics later.
This little project has really made me appreciate the value and savings of DIY in general. I haven't spent a dime on it so far (research, research) but I already learned quite a bit.
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